Stan Wawrinka vs. Gilles Simon
|Date & Time||Friday October 18, 2019, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
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In the quarterfinals of the 2019 ATP European Open in Antwerp, Stan Wawrinka is set to play against Gilles Simon.
Gilles Simon has played well in this tournament and enters this match having beaten Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets in the previous round. It was a very impressive performance by Simon as the Frenchman won the contest with his strong serving. During the victory, Gilles Simon won close to 70% of his service points which allowed him to win 91% of his service games. The receiving was also strong as Gilles Simon broke his opponent’s serve on 4 occasions. This is expected to be a tougher match for Simon as he is playing against the number 4 seed.
Looking at Stan Wawrinka, the Swiss superstar won his previous match in 3 sets. It was a close set where Wawrinka held his nerve to win a final-set tiebreaker. Wawrinka served exceptionally well during the win as he hit 17 aces which helped him win 83% of his service points and 100% of his service games. Stan Wawrinka has been in good form as he made the quarterfinals of the US Open. During the US Open, Wawrinka eliminated Novak Djokovic in the fourth round. Considering his recent record, Stan Wawrinka will be tough to beat in this tournament.
Stan Wawrinka and Gilles Simon have played each other 7 times in the past. Wawrinka has won on 4 occasions while Simon has won 3 times. The last meeting between Stan Wawrinka and Gilles Simon took place in 2016 at the Shanghai Masters where Simon won in straight sets.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Stan Wawrinka to win this match. Wawrinka is the stronger player and he has been playing better tennis over the past few months. I see Wawrinka taking this match in straight sets.